The 21st Century Program at Ortiz Intermediate School held a canned food drive on Tuesday in order to benefit families around the City of Robstown, while also hitting the dance floor.

Sybil Tipton, site coordinator with Ortiz Intermediate's 21st Century Program, said the school held its first Canned Food Drive Dance Tuesday. The program has sponsored food drives in previous years, but she said this year was a time to try something different.

"Planning for this began about a month ago," Tipton said. "I was just thinking of ways we could get the kids to help more people this year."

The idea was a school dance, open to all students at Ortiz Intermediate, where instead of paying cash to get in, students paid in canned goods, she said.

"The whole reason behind the dance is to provide canned goods for the needy," Tipton said.

Students helped coordinate the event and raise as much food as they could, Tipton said. Their reaction when they first found out about the food drive was amazing, she added, especially given the state of the economy locally and around the country.

"It was accepted real well by the kids once I explained to them what my idea was," she said. "Plus, they get to come to the dance and have fun."

All of the food donated will go towards providing meals to families in Robstown who are selected by the school, which will be done on Friday, Tipton said.

Anyone wanting to donate canned food items to the 21st Century Program before 5 p.m. on Thursday is asked to contact Sybil Tipton at (361) 767-6662, Ext. 3022.

Donations may also be dropped off at the 21st Century Program office at Ortiz Intermediate, which is located in Room 147.